Sun-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thur-Sat 12pm-1am
- Smoking Room/Table
- Full Bar
About The Elephant Wrestler
The gastropub with a bit of attitude, The Elephant Wrestler in Takapuna is full of life. The outdoor courtyard is jam-packed come summer, while indoors is the perfect place to nestle up. The menu has something for everyone from burgers and pasta to vegan curries and dumplings. Top it off with a slice of cake and a classic cocktail before calling it a day.
The team that served our table for my daughters 18th birthday were amazing! Super attentive and very accommodating and very friendly. Thank you for making my daughters birthday special. Highly recommended to anyone!
Well run quiz night!
Great all round.
Grabbed an early dinner before a show. Great food, and excellent service by Annabel. Fab way to start our night out. Thanks!
Great service and good food
Great service and lots of good food!!
Fabulous service from the lovely Adele, always a treat!
The Service and food was amazing, as soon as you sit down the waitresses serve you. The food came out really fast we weren't waiting long at all. We will definitely be coming back again.
The food was amazing best steak I have had in a long time. The service we received by Nicole was excellent from start to finish. I hope her employer knows what an asset she is to the business. Will certainly be back.
As is the usual - the service is professional and friendly
It was a lovely night warm friendly & delicious food! Maybe explaining that when you ordered the steak that you needed to order sides as it looked bland when it came out with chips & gravy it needed veges or salad!
I booked a table in the restaurant section for my husband and two kids through the website. We arrived on time and had to wait for some time to be seen. When we were greeted by a waitress we were told that other people were sitting at our table and needed to move them on. We were seated right next to the bar and next to a large party of middle aged couples who were drinking, not eating in. After about 15 minutes of waiting for the waitress my husband went up to the bar to order drinks. He ordered 2 x tropical mocktails for our 14 and 11 year old daughters, a beer for himself and a non alcoholic drink for me and a platter of food for starters. When we got the drinks the kids were a bit skeptical with their mocktails and said they tasted funny. We shrugged it off that the waiter put too much lemon in. We got our platter and ordered our mains. The kids still weren't happy with their drinks so my husband went to the bar and asked for a receipt for the drinks and to confirm they were non alcoholic. The barman realized he had made our daughters vodka, strawberry and lemon drinks. We then had the drinks replaced with Raspberry Lemonade and our money refunded. My 14 year old was sitting on a bar stool at the table and the some of the middle aged males next to us kept getting closer to her and elbowing her. We had to ask them to move but they kept getting close. We ended up having to squish up onto the booth to get her off the stool. I felt like were were seated in the bar area not the restaurant as requested. We were disappointed with our experience and won't be back.
excellent, engaging staff, well looked after, food was amazing, pasta so good, my girls loved their burgers and karaf of coke/raspberry to wash it all down. Great idea with the colouring in for little ones too.
Amazing food, drinks and service 🤩🤩
Unable to use our drink tokens at the bottomless pizza for cider which is a bit ridiculous understand joylab have rules set in place but this seems to be prioritised over good and friendly service which is a shame won’t be coming back
A Great night. Service was professional, prompt and friendly
Thank you Marg. Old Quiz night can get a bit hectic at some points but the team always strive to exceed peoples expectations. We are glad that you felt looked after and look forward to seeing you at Quiz again soon. Just remember from 28th July Quiz will start at 7pm not 730pm. Cheers
Wonderful atmosphere with great food. Highly recommend a visit
The food was great. We had a table for four and we all enjoyed our meal
Thanks Carol, We really appreciate the feedback. We hope you pop back and visit again soon.
Super impressed with the school holidays kids eat free deal. We came for lunch today and the mums absolutely loved their hawker rolls (deadset delicious!) and managed to enjoy a wine while the kids coloured in their competition entries. Really great experience, and we’re already planning a return visit! Thanks so much.
Thanks Claire. We appreciate the feedback. If you enjoyed Sunday you would have absolutely loved the School Holiday Family Quiz then. Watch out for that during the next School Holidays. It is free and the kids 5-12 really love it. So much fun. Anyway, thanks for your lovely feedback it will mean a lot to the team. Please do come back and see us again with your family.
All good , waitress was friendly and efficient , welcomed us , table was set to accomodate our whole team. All good thank you.
Thanks Crystal. Hopefully you and the team can join us again soon.
Poor communication from the waitress as we arrived i went and ordered at the bar as nobody took us to a table or said anything and then got told off for ordering at the bar as we could only order at the table. Later in the night they had the roof open above us, and it started raining. When we asked them to close it they said no we are making this the smoking area, i asked why as there was a smoking area outside, they said because we want to close that so made our whole party sit in 2nd hand smoke as they were to lazy to keep the smoking area open. Also if that table was in a smoking area i would have specified non smoker as it irritates my eyes. Also very rude temperament from the wait staff as if any request was an inconvenience to there night. Very poor all round service, would not recommend.
Hi Andrew, thanks for the feedback. I certainly hear you around some of the issues and we will absolutely take that onboard. You as the customer are free to purchase your drinks how you wish. We do offer full table service and due to the lateness of your groups arrival that was put a little under pressure but we should have addressed this and certainly you can order at the bar and pay as you go if you wish. Sorry about that. In regards to the smoking area, 50% of the courtyard is designated as smoking throughout service but when we have the roof closed that cannot happen and people are "forced" out on to the patio. Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions that small patio strip is only licensed for patrons until 10pm at night, therefore after 10pm we need to open the roof and transition that into the smoking area. This could possibly have been communicated better and we will certainly spend some time looking at this and how it is communicated to customers but ultimately the law forces us to be compliant in this matter. We are sorry that this had an adverse impact on your enjoyment of the night and hope that you will come back again and let us know you want a non smoking table. Cheers
Perfect place for hanging out with friends and family. Cosy and relaxing with good service and food.
Hi Ciara, we are so pleased that you found your time with us to be so enjoyable. It is certainly what we aim for. The team will be so pleased that you enjoyed yourself and they will appreciate the lovely feedback. Thanks. We hope that you come back and see us again with your friends soon.
A great night!
Thank you Marg. We are glad you enjoyed yourself. Please come back and see us again soon.
Thank you for organising our event last Friday 3rd July. Everything was perfect. The staff were excellent as was the food & drinks. We much appreciate your hospitality. Kind Regards Rosemary Clark
Thank you Rosemary. We are pleased we could make this event so special for you and your team as we know it was a very special one for you all. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your time with us and we know that we will see you all again really soon, so just reach out again when you need us as the team loves taking care of you and your colleagues.
Great Family Quiz Night, well done and organised
Thanks Gary. We do appreciate the feedback on this event. Believe it or not the work that goes into one of these school holiday family Quiz nights is huge so it is a real team effort. Saying that the team will be so pleased that you enjoyed your night. Hopefully you got your hands on one of the prizes as well. If not come back and give it a try in the term 3 Holidays. Cheers